OLD TOWN – COVID-19 has left its mark on the high school sports seasons, but it has also hurt local businesses, specifically those that rely on those sports in order to survive.
After opening back in January of 2019, Replay Sports in Old Town is closing its doors.
With less foot traffic around town, and partly due to the uncertainty that has surrounded high school fall sports, it has been difficult for owner Amy Albert to sell products that previously seemed to jump off the shelves.
Albert first opened the shop after recognizing the need for quality sporting equipment at a reasonable price. She worked long hours to get the store up and running, and although the temporary closure due to COVID-19 initially came as a nice break, it very quickly turned into a serious hurdle.
In order to sell its inventory, Replay Sports is offering everything at half price before it closes for good at the end of September.
“It’s definitely served a need in the community for people to bring stuff, people to buy stuff. It’s been great seeing kids get stuff that they otherwise wouldn’t have gotten. I think that’s the best part…seeing that need that we’ve fulfilled,” said Albert.
While Replay Sports will be closing in the next couple of weeks, Albert said she hopes to donate some of the equipment that is not sold to local clubs and organizations, such as Little League, as a way to continue to support her community.